The survivable systems and outsourced services research area focuses on the development of highly security-critical systems as well as defensive mechanisms against common coordinated threats, such as botnet and malware detection and defense. Moreover, it extends this scope to the security of outsourced services. The success of the cloud and everything-as-a-service paradigm has made the outsourcing of computing and services a business reality. The resilience and security of these systems and services, and better understanding and preventing current large-scale attacks against them, constitutes a key factor in establishing and retaining trust in IT systems.
Furthermore the outsourcing and distribution of computing leads to new threats for privacy and data confidentiality. Our work in this area addresses the complete spectrum from resilient high-performance distributed computing, to malware and botnet detection and defense, to privacy-preserving outsourced web user analytics.